The Internet-based HSK Trend; Free Online Simulation Exercise Underway

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Portland State University [Time]    2011-11-11 17:34:33 

It has been said that the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) and the Youth Chinese Test (YCT) will gradually become internet based. The local examination site at the Confucius Institute at Portland State University will implement the internet-based HSK progressively from the next year. The YCT taking place during November this year and the HSK in December will not be influenced by these changes and paper-based tests will still be carried out.

The test questions and score reports will remain the same for the new internet-based test, However, the processes of test management, student fee payment, test paper delivery and result releases etc. will be greatly simplified. The written section of the test will also change significantly with the movement from paper-based to internet-based testing. The article writing section of internet-based test will be typed as opposed to handwritten. According to reports, such changes will reduce requirements for handwritten Chinese characters and, in turn, an emphasis will be placed on fluent article writing style and structure.

Students need not carry tools for the formal examination. The exam site will provide a desktop computer, access to internet and a standard headset. When preparing for the test, the examinees should make themselves familiar with the computer based and take active measures for approaching the new test, so that good results may be attained. Hanban has specially created an online test system at so as to allow all entrants to make suitable preparations for the internet-based test.

On the evening of November 4th, the Confucius Institute at Portland State University held the explanatory session for the introduction on internet-based test and online testing system at lecture theater No. 490 at PSU business college building, issuing accounts and passwords to Chinese language teachers in Greater Portland for free. The Chinese language teachers who were not able to attend should contact the Confucius Institute for further information. In addition, he Confucius Institute at Portland State University will give out free student account and password to the public for convenience in gaining direct test information and doing online simulation exercises. Those who are interested in the internet-based test may request an account and password from the Confucius Institute.

Contact information of Confucius Institute at Portland State University:

Address: 632 SW Hall Street, Portland, OR, 97201



(Contributed by Wu Li from Confucius Institute at Portland State University)